1. Alex Cho (FBNYC Fury) – The Cho-sen one picking Rage apart on the offensive end in the 8 point FBNYC Fury win. Scored an AL week high 26 points on 10/20 shooting (6/8 on 3’s- must have gotten that stroke from long distance from the FBNYC commish) with 11 boards to notch his first double double of the season and more importantly, helped the Fury secured double elimination status in the playoffs.
2. Ray Huang (Moneyball) – Ray Ray with a very solid week that would have caught the eye of Billy Beane and all the other Moneyball faithful. His game the entire week was Money with Huang tallying 17 points on 6/13 shooting (2/3 on 3’s) with 4 boards, a dime and a steal in a 9 point win over Rage and following that up with a 51–48 win over MIA, scoring 15 points on 5/10 shooting (3/6 on 3’s) with 6 boards and 3 steals. In leading Moneyball to an undefeated week (and a nice, 5-2 record heading into their final game) Ray Ray averaged 16 points on 47% shooting (55% from beyond the arc) with 5 boards and 2 steals.
3. Michael Palacios (TSIV Uprising) – I just don’t see why the Clementes’ and the Palacios’ don’t field an all Filipino team of their own- they have at least 5 legit balers from each family playing in DL at the moment. Or is there some Capulet and Montague rivalry going on? Whatever the case may be, they could form a monster squad that (in my humble opinion) would make some noise in DL. In this weekly edition of “Name that Palacios”, Michael unleashed his offensive repertoire with 15 points on 5/12 shooting (3/6 on 3’s), 3 boards and 2 steals to lead TSIV Uprising in a 12 point win over the Purple Cobras.
4. Mark Yiin (Purple Cobras) – In another crushing defeat that has pushed the Purple Cobras ever so closely to a winless season (that would make them the only winless team in DL this season) Yiin unleashed his inner Cobra and played valiantly in the 12 point loss to TSIV Uprising. Tallied 23 points to lead all scorers for the game on 8/23 shooting (4/11 on 3’s) with 7 boards, 2 dimes and 4 steals.
5. Chris Youn (MIA) – With the rest of the team going MIA on the offensive, Youn once again seizing the Most Important Asian mantle and nearly pulling off an upset of the rolling Moneyball squad. Notched 17 points on 5/14 shooting with 10 boards, a dime and 3 steals in a close 3 point loss to Moneyball.
1. Leighton Kuet (Rage) – Ivan Drago with the best 2 game week averages by far in DL this season (regardless of playing level). In the first game, a 62-53 loss to Moneyball, Kuet unleashed his inner Rage and scored 21 points on 9/22 shooting with 9 boards, 5 dimes, 5 steals and a block and followed that stellar all-around AK-47ish performance up with a 22 point on 8/15 shooting (4/7 on 3’s), 10 boards, 2 dimes, 2 steals and 4 blocks showing in an 8 point loss to the FBNYC Fury. For the week, Kuet averaged 21.5 points per game on 46% shooting, 9.5 boards, 3.5 dimes, 3.5 steals and 2.5 blocks. That’s just plain nasty. Everyone will agree that those are great stats, but unfortunately Rage ended up short in the most important stat they lost both games which has left them at 2-5 for the season and with a dreaded single elimination playoff status.
2. Charles Zheng (MIA) – Zheng was a Major Interior Adversary for Moneyball as he crashed the boards with reckless abandon. Tallied 12 boards to go along with 5 points on 2/11 shooting, a dime and 2 blocks in the loss to Moneyball which fortunately did not determine their double elimination status for the playoffs.
1. Joe Liu (Moneyball) – The Liu-tenant with another typical week of making the stat crew sweat and curse under their breath that they have to keep up with all the numbers that he is posting. Just like Ray Ray, Liu had a monster all around week embodying everything that the Big O section is about. In the first game, a 9 point win over Rage, Liu recorded 10 points on 2/8 shooting with 8 boards, 5 dimes and 3 steals, while in the 51–48 win over MIA, Liu tallied 6 points on 2/7 shooting with 8 boards, 5 dimes, a steal and a block. For the unbeaten week that Moneyball had, Liu averaged 8 point, 8 boards, 5 dimes and 2 steals that would make the Big O himself proud (but in reality the Big O probably averaged that in the 1st quarter alone, but he would be proud nonetheless.)
2. Leighton Kuet (Rage) – I don’t think that I have to say anymore about his performance this week. I just need to repeat this statline. Through two games (unfortunately both close losses which somewhat made these stats a wash, but not too much since they are just sick) Kuet averaged 21.5 points per game on 46% shooting with 9.5 boards, 3.5 dimes, 3.5 steals and 2.5 blocks. Whatever he did for the pre game rituals I hope that he does it every single game from here on out because it seems to have worked beautifully for him.
1. Alex Cho (FBNYC Fury) – Taking a page from the FBNYC commish and learning the highly favorable skill of how to make it rain from beyond the arc, AC unleashed his rage and tore Rage apart by sinking 6/8 triples en route to 26 points on 10/20 shooting overall with 11 boards and 2 dimes in a 60-52 win over Rage.
2. Ray Huang (Moneyball) – In 2 games, both wins, Ray Ray (just like Jesus Shuttlesworth himself) sank 5/9 from beyond the arc (55%) on his way to a weekly average of 16 points per game to lead the long range (and offensive) attack for Moneyball in these wins.
3. Leighton Kuet (Rage) – If there is something that he didn’t do for the Rage in this game aside from baking them brownies, reading the team a bedtime story or driving everyone home after each game, then please let me know. In the second of two losses for the week, Kuet decided to show that he could make it rain from long range and proceeded to sink 4/7 from beyond the arc en route to a team high 22 points on 8/15 shooting overall with 10 boards, 2 dimes, 2 steals and 4 blocks in Rage’s 8 point loss to the FBNYC Fury.
1. Marlon Slim (TSIV Uprising) – Slim Shady making a comeback and in a way, so is his Asian counterpart. Rebounding from an inefficient effort the week before, Marlon Slim Shady came back strong with 5 thefts to go along with 7 points on 2/5 shooting, a board and 3 dimes in the 62–50 win over the Purple Cobras.
2. Leighton Kuet (Rage) – If we created his character in Live, his defensive awareness should be close to or over 95. In the loss to Moneyball, Kuet realized that they were sloppy with their passes and intercepted 5 balls to go along with his aforementioned 21 points on 9/22 shooting, 9 boards, 5 dimes and a block. In yet another loss later that week, this time to the FBNYC Fury, Kuet noticed that they were going up with some weak offerings to the rim and swatted away 4 shots and still had 2 steals on top of his 22 points on 8/15 shooting (4/7 on 3’s) with 10 boards and 2 dimes. Unfortunately this isn’t NBA Live 2009 and the reset button cant be used to undo Rage’s 0-2 week.
3. Karl Ngok (Purple Cobras) – Ngok pulling a Marcus Camby and held a block session in this match up against TSIV Uprising. Had 3 swats to go along with 10 points on 5/8 shooting and 8 boards in the 12 point loss which has left the team winless (0–7) going into their last game of the season.
1. Mark Yiin (Purple Cobras) – Yiin must love Jordan as he went on to score 23 points, but needed 23 shots (making 8 to shoot 35% overall) to get that total in the loss to TSIV Uprising.
2. Sol Choe (Moneyball) – There must have been a hole in Sol’s offensive gameplan as this Moneyball player went on to shoot 2/11 (18%) from the field tallying 9 points, but did have 3 boards, 3 dimes and 3 steals in the 3 point win over MIA. Notice the reoccurring theme there (3x3x3x3)?? That’s like a number sequence out of Lost.
3. Charles Zheng (MIA) – While the desire to grab boards didn’t abandon him (he had 12), his offense was definitely MIA. Shot 2/11 shooting (18%), but did have 2 blocks in the loss to Moneyball.